Oklahoma City---The field is set for the 2007 Hooters Championship Series. Check out how each team qualified for their spot in this prestigious event. The nation's top 12-teams in their respecitive division will be in Oklahoma City, September 28-29 to decide who is truly the "Best of the Best" in their division of slow pitch softball.
Bertieís Captures Menís Class B East National Championship
Oklahoma City---Despite losing in the winnerís bracket finals to Spitz/Mizuno of Mt. Washington, Ky., Bertieís/B&C/Hub City Glass/Miken of Elizabethtown, Ky., came out of the loserís bracket with a vengeance to defeat their in-state rivals twice in the championship finals to earn their spot in the Hooters Championship Series.
Bertieís opened the tournament with a 14-7 win over Pop Squad of Deltona, Fla., and just edged Stepan Enterprises of Mosinee, Wis., 15-14, in the second round.
Meanwhile, Spitz was getting through the lower half of the winnerís bracket with a 22-21 win over Craigís Bullshippers of Chambersburg, Pa., and a 26-21 win over Heritage Carpentry of Norwalk, Ct., in the second round.
In the winnerís bracket semi-finals Bertieís rolled over One Source/DPSG of Mt. Sinai, N.Y., 14-8, while Spitz took down Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of Lansing, Mich., 14-10 to reach the winnerís bracket finals.
Spitz was dominate in the winnerís bracket finals defeating Bertieís, 22-10, to earn a spot in the championship game where it would need to win just one game to capture the title.
Bertieís defeated All-Army of Fort Benning, Ga., 29-18, in the loserís bracket finals to earn a rematch with Spitz. The All-Army squad dropped its opening game but battled through the loserís bracket to face Bertieís.
Spitz needed only one win to take the title but that win would be difficult to come by as Bertieís stepped up to the challenge and forced the ďifĒ game with an 11-8 win in the first championship game. With the win, Bertieís took the momentum and used it to defeat Spitz 14-7 in the ďifĒ game to earn the title of ASA National Champion.
Chad Daniels, Demond Thomas, Troy Autry, Mikah Fiveash and Elton Cafee were selected to the All-Tournament team from Bertieís while Steve Kingsolver, Robbie Grinestaff, Jon Robertson, Andy Wilson and Tim Wolfe were chosen from the Spitz/Mizuno roster.
As the representative from the east in the Menís Class B division in the Hooters Championship Series, Bertieís has history on its side but also the burden of continuing a six-year win streak by teams from the east. Bertieís will face C-Town from Boise, Idaho in the best three out of five series at the Hooters Championship Series, September 28-29.
C-Town takes Menís Class B West Slow Pitch National Championship
Oklahoma City---C-Town/American Funding/Red Rock/DSSBats/Easton of Boise, Idaho may have been knocked into the loserís bracket early but they never lost sight of their ultimate goal Ė winning the ASA National Championship.
C-Town began their pursuit of the national championship with a 17-9 win over the Legion of Doom of Baxter, Minn., before being knocked off by WCS/LCV of San Diego, Calif., 14-11 in the second round. With its chances of winning the title looking bleak, C-Town went to work.
After spending a couple of hours regrouping after the loss, C-Town came back and won its first game in the loserís bracket over the Exterminators of Anaheim, Calif., 14-12. The close win seemed to breathe new life into the squad.
C-Town used the momentum from its win to cruise to a 31-19 win over Pizzini Rios of Corpus Christi, Texas in its final game of the day.
Life in the loserís bracket is never easy but C-Town was ready for the challenge. Things got started early for them on Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. game with Sportsdiamond.com/J&H/Worth of Albertville, Minn. Despite the early start, C-Town was on fire offensively to earn a 27-14 win and a spot in the loserís bracket semi-finals. A 22-12 win over SEBO/Selloxx/Miken of Apple Valley, Minn., put C-Town one win away from the championship game.
In the loserís bracket final, C-Town met Tharaldsonís of Fargo, N.D., who was considered an early favorite to take the title in Waxahachie. Despite what many had thought, Tharaldsonís was no match for the red hot C-Town squad who posted 26 runs in a 26-12 victory.
Redemption was on the minds of the C-Town team as they took on WCS/LCV, who sent them to the loserís bracket early in the tournament, in the championship final. Revenge was sweet in the first championship game as C-Town earned a 16-13 win to force the ďifĒ necessary game. In that game it got even sweeter as C-Town capped off its comeback with a 20-14 win and the ASA Menís Class B West National Championship crown.
C-Townís Sam Lopez earned the title of Home Run Champion after slamming eight during the tournament. Julio Salizar of WCS was the batting champion with a .750 average. Five C-Town playerís were selected to the All-Tournament first-team including Jon Oram, Ryan Barabe, Mike Bowlin, Kerry Down and Brent Newbill.
C-Town is the first team from the state of Idaho to advance to the Hooters Championship Series in any division of play and will look to become the first team from the west to capture the Hooters Championship Series in the Menís Class B division when it takes on Bertieís/B&C/Hub City Glass/Miken of Elizabethtown, Ky., in Oklahoma City.
Team Logo Takes Title At The 2007 Menís Class C East National Championship
Oklahoma City---Over 60 teams traveled to Montgomery, Ala., in pursuit of the ASA Menís Class C East National Championship title and a spot in the Hooters Championship Series but it was Team Logo of Commerce, Ga., who emerged from the pack as the national champion after going undefeated through the bracket.
Team Logo opened the tournament with a 14-12 win over Century 21 Mad Men of Williamsport, Md., and that would prove to be the closest game of the championship. In their second round game they drilled EAP/Western Hills Window of Cincinnati, Ohio, 22-10 before knocking off Deluxe Bakery of Runnemede, N.J., 17-11, to secure a spot in the winnerís bracket quarter-finals.
In the winnerís bracket quarter-finals Team Logo matched its previous effort by downing Innkeeper of Sutherlin, Va., by an identical score of 17-11. It seemed as if their momentum just kept building and a 20-8 win over Shorbís Thrivent Financial of Seven Valleys, Pa., in the winnerís bracket semi-finals didnít hurt.
Needing only two wins to capture the ASA National Championship, Team Logo knocked off Meager Masonry of Medina, Ohio, 18-13, in the winnerís bracket finals to secure a spot in the championship game.
Meager Masonry was beaten by Innkeeper in the loserís bracket finals. Innkeeper had redemption on its mind but it couldnít keep up with the Team Logo offense and had to settle for second place after suffering a 20-11 loss.
Five members of Team Logo were selected to the All-Tournament first-team including Brian Autrey, who was named as the Batting Champion, and Ricky Haymans, Robert Canceran, Brad Blankenship and Andy Urban. Team Logoís Phillip White, David Holbrooks and Frank Yieldings earned second team All-Tournament accolades.
Team Logo will now represent the east in the 2007 Hooters Championship Series in Oklahoma City, September 28-29. They will face Haras/Casa Group/Worth of Salem, Ore., who captured the ASA Menís Class C West National Championship in Lancaster, Calif.
Haraís Pulls Off Improbable Comeback At The Menís Class C West Slow Pitch National Championship
Oklahoma City---When it comes to double-elimination tournaments, a loss in the first round usually spells the beginning of the end for most teams hopes of a title but Haraís/Casa Group/Worth of Salem, Ore., bucked that theory by winning 11 consecutive games after a first-round loss to capture the 2007 ASA Menís Class C West Slow Pitch National Championship and a spot in the Hooters Championship Series.
Haraís dropped into the loserís bracket after suffering a 17-11 loss to TAI/Elite/Easton of Anaheim, Calif., in its opener on Friday. After pondering the loss overnight, Haraís began their remarkable run at 8 a.m. through the loserís bracket where they averaged 20 runs a game.
A 22-8 win over Rallytime RnR of Spokane, Wash., got the Hara train rolling through the competition. Wins over Met Fab of Vancouver, Wash. (15-7), Gametime of Windsor Heights, Iowa (21-6), IRG of Vancouver, Wash. (25-13) and Bucks Softball of Reno, Nev. (21-3), sent Haraís to Sunday where it would need to win six consecutive games without a break in order to capture the title.
Haraís looked just as strong on Sunday as it had the previous day. It eliminated Team Imua of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, by posting a 23-11 victory in its first game of the day. Showing no mercy, Haraís shutout Bend Knights of Bend, Ore., 23-0, before collecting wins over KTI of Seattle, Wash. (24-19) and PAS/APS of Redding, Calif. (24-20), to complete its run through the loserís bracket.
TAI/Elite/Easton had breezed through the winnerís bracket with a 5-0 record to reach the championship game but would have never guessed Haraís would be its opponent after knocking them off in the opening game. Haraís had a much different route and had played twice as many games to just earn a rematch with its nemesis.
In a game filled with emotion and drama, Haraís kept its hopes alive by holding on for an 11-10 win over TAI/Elite in the first championship game. With the win, Haraís, who had already played five games on Sunday, got the opportunity at the title by forcing the ďifĒ necessary game.
With adrenaline overriding the exhaustion, Haraís completed their improbable comeback with an 11-7 win over TAI to earn the right to be called ASA National Champion.
Five of Haraís players were selected to the All-Tournament first-team including second baseman Ryan Goodman, outfielder Mark Cain, utility player Chris Larsen, utility player Dennis Caldwell and catcher Rick Muranaka. Hara third baseman Chris Bailey was chosen for second team honors.
Haraís will try to become the first team from the west since SC Rocks of Santa Clarita, Calif., in 2004 to capture the Menís Class C Hooters Championship Series when it takes on Team Logo from Commerce, Ga., in a best three out of five series. The teams will open the Hooters Championship Series on Friday, September 28 at 9 a.m. CST.
White's Lawncare/Riverdogs Goes Undefeated To Capture Menís Class D Eastern National Championship
Oklahoma City---The 2007 ASA Menís Class D Eastern Slow Pitch National Championship was the largest slow pitch national of the season with 117 teams battling for one berth into the Hooters Championship Series, September 28-29, at ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. Whites Lawncare/Riverdogs of Wake Forest, N.C., managed to maneuver through the bracket unscathed to earn the berth with a perfect 8-0 record.
In the opening round, Whites Lawncare/Riverdogs avoided disaster to hold on for a 17-16 win over Richmond East Moose of Richmond, Va. An early test and a big win may have been just what the guys needed as they cruised through the second round with a 10-4 win over the South Florida Bulls of Coconut Creek, Fla.
The win over the Bulls on Friday night provided the Riverdogs the luxury of resting the majority of the day on Saturday before meeting Santana Banana of Harrisburg, Pa. at 4 p.m. The Riverdogs continued to roll in the third round by posting a 14-10 win over Santana Banana.
Whites Lawncare/Riverdogs were tested once again in the fourth round against Gills Automotive of Manchester, N.H., but survived with a 9-8 win to move into the winnerís bracket quarterfinals. A 19-13 win over Docís Softball of Waltehill, Ohio, in the quarterfinals propelled the Riverdogs into the winnerís bracket semi-finals.
A defensive battle ensued in the semi-finals when the Riverdogs faced off with J. Culver Construction of Bridgeville, Del., as both teams were held to their lowest offensive output of the tournament but it was the Riverdogs who found a way to pull out a 7-6 win.
The win over J. Culver Construction advanced the Riverdogs to within two wins of achieving their goal of becoming an ASA National Champion. It was a mismatch in the winnerís bracket finals as the Riverdogs pounded J&R Trucking of Anmoore, W.Va., 22-5 to lock up a spot in the championship final.
J&R Trucking earned a rematch with the Riverdogs after defeating Martyís Boys/Worth Softball of Plantation, Fla., 8-6, in the loserís bracket finals. The rematch was once again a mismatch as the Riverdogs dismantled J&R Trucking, 27-4, to take the 2007 Menís Class D Eastern Slow Pitch National Championship.
With the win, Whites Lawncare/Riverdogs advance to the Hooters Championship Series in Oklahoma City to battle three other teams for the title of ďBest of the BestĒ in the menís class D division. The Riverdogs open round-robin competition against Lugoís Heavy Hitters of Mission, Texas who won the Menís Class D Southern National Championship.
Johnny Baker, Adam Keith and Jeff Parker were selected from the Riverdogs roster as members of the ASA All-Tournament First-Team while teammate David Langston was selected to the All-Tournament Second-Team selection.
This marks the first time a team from North Carolina has advanced in any menís division to the Hooters Championship Series. Diamond Magic of Pittsboro, N.C., advanced to the 2001 Hooters Championship Series in the Womenís Class D division and S&S/LeBleu of Belews Creek, N.C., also competed in 2001 in the Womenís Class B division.
Storm/Bosch Financial Takes Long Road To ASA Menís Class D Northern Title
Oklahoma City---With 65 teams competing for the title at the ASA Menís Class D Northern National Championship in Topeka, Kan., two teams would have to play an extra game before the other 63 teams even got started. Storm/Bosch Financial of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Hatalla Flooring of Virden, Ill., were the lucky teams who drew the pigtail game of the championship.
Storm/Bosch Financial didnít seem to be fazed by the extra game and cruised to an easy 16-6 win over Hatalla Flooring. With one game already under their belts, Storm/Bosch Financial played their second game of the night and that resulted in a 13-7 win over Volvo Rents of Shakopee, Minn.
With two wins on the opening night, Storm/Bosch Financial got to rest on Saturday before facing Bad Habit of Wichita, Kan., at 4:45 p.m. In its closest game of the tournament, Storm/Bosch Financial topped Bad Habit, 13-10, to keep its unblemished record intact.
A 6-2 win over Burton Drywall of Arcola, Ill., advanced Storm/Bosch Financial into the quarterfinals of the winnerís bracket where it emerged with a 12-8 win over Beaver Softball of Waterloo, Iowa.
In the semi-finals of the winnerís bracket Storm/Bosch Financial continued its run with a 17-11 win over Hat Trikz/Ink Monster/Povs of Blaine, Minn., to take its place in the winnerís bracket finals.
An 8-4 win over Labor Proís of Topeka, Kan., in the winnerís bracket finals left Storm/Bosch Financial as the only unbeaten team in the tournament.
While Storm/Bosch Financial breezed through the winnerís bracket, Mississippi Heat of Columbus, Miss., was working its way through the loserís bracket in hopes of earning a spot in the championship game. Nine wins later the Heat found itself in the championship game against Storm/Bosch Financial.
In the championship game, Mississippi Heat put up a valiant fight but Storm/Bosch Financial was too much and came away with a 20-16 win and the championship title at the Menís Class D Northern National Championship.
The win earned Storm/Bosch Financial a trip to the Hooters Championship Series in Oklahoma City to compete against three other teams that won the ASA National Championship in their respective area. Storm/Bosch Financial will face 3 Legged Monkeys of South El Monte, Calif., in their opening game of round-robin competition.
Six players from the Storm/Bosch Financial earned first-team All-Tournament accolades and three were selected to the second team. Players selected to the first-team were Ryan Bosch, Joel Ondler, Scott Farlow, David Kahler, Matt Donner and Ryan Risetter. The players selected to the second team were Chad Bosch, Brett Lerch and Scott Whechter.
Mississippi Heatís Chris Harris was the Batting Champion after playing 12 games.
Lugoís Heavy Hitters Cruises To Menís Class D Southern National Championship Title
Oklahoma City---With an unblemished 5-0 record, Lugoís Heavy Hitters/Mar Design & Construction of Mission, Texas captured the 2007 ASA Menís Class D Southern National Championship and a spot in the Hooters Championship Series, September 28-29, in Oklahoma City.
Lugoís opened the tournament with an easy 14-5 win over the McAllen Maniax of McAllen, Texas to move into the winnerís bracket quarterfinals where things got even easier. A 12-0 win over Lazarbax of Inner Grove Heights, Minn., sent Lugoís into the winnerís bracket semi-finals.
In the semi-finals things were not as easy for Lugoís as Texas Envy of Harlingen, Texas put up a fight that almost derailed their run to the title. The teams battled back and forth but in the end it was Lugoís who walked away with a 12-11 victory and a spot in the winnerís bracket finals.
A 10-7 win over Turn Two of Emory, Texas put Lugoís in the driverís seat and just one win away from the title. Turn Two edged the McAllen Maniax, 8-7, in the loserís bracket finals to set up a rematch with Lugoís for the title.
In the championship game, Lugoís left no doubt who was the top team in the south by defeating Turn Two by a score of 16-7 to earn a spot in the Hooters Championship Series.
Lugoís Ignacio Briseno was named as the Batting Champion while five of his teammates were selected to the ASA All-Tournament team. George Guevara, Gilberto Garza, Pedro Lopez, Alfonso Rocha and Venustiano Martinez represented Lugoís on the All-Tournament team.
Lugoís will look to continue its winning streak when it faces Whites/Riverdogs of Wake Forest, N.C., who went undefeated to capture the ASA Menís Class D Eastern National Championship, in round-robin competition at the Hooters Championship Series.
3 Legged Monkeys Earn Menís Class D Western National Championship Title With 6-0 Record
Oklahoma City---3 Legged Monkeys of South El Monte, Calif., will look to regain the dominance teams from California once enjoyed in the Menís Class D division at the Hooters Championship Series after winning the ASA Menís Class D Western National Championship in Lancaster, Calif., with a perfect 6-0 record. Teams from the state of California won the first four titles at the Hooters Championship Series but have been shutout by teams from Alabama the past two seasons.
3 Legged Monkeys doubled up PB Low of Modesto, Calif., 16-8, in its first game of the championship before edging Surf City of Buena Park, Calif., 15-14, in the second round. Another close call came in the winnerís bracket quarterfinals but 3 Legged Monkeys survived with a 12-11 win over Taylor Made of Minden, Nev.
Just three wins away, 3 Legged Monkeys seemed to shift into high gear the closer it got to the title. In the semifinals it crushed FR Construction of San Dimas, Calif., 18-7, and did the same thing to DC Chips of Valencia, Calif., posting a 16-4 win to advance to the championship game with a 5-0 record.
In the championship game, 3 Legged Monkeys were as good as they have been the entire tournament earning an 18-7 win over Blue Water of Fallbrook, Calif., to take the title at the Menís Class D Western National Championship.
Six members of the 3 Legged Monkeys roster were recognized on the All-Tournament first team including Mario Lara, Eric Fierro, Tommy Breech, Cesar Macias, Robert Vargas and Joe Oropeza. Five players from Blue Water were All-Tournament first-team selections including Joseph Barragan, Joe Lacomb, Sean Smith, Pete Meza and Masami Countryman.
If 3 Legged Monkeys are to bring the Hooters Championship title back to California they will have to conquer the top teams from the Class D division from across the country. They will begin their quest on Friday, September 28 against Storm/Bosch Financial of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in its opening game of round-robin competition. Storm/Bosch Financial captured the Menís Class D Northern National Championship with a perfect 8-0 record.
Fraleyís Wildcats Win The ASA Womenís Class C East Slow Pitch National Championship
Oklahoma City---In a field loaded with talent, Fraleyís Wildcats of Lexington, Ken., emerged as the champion of the ASA Womenís Class C East Slow Pitch National Championship in Dothan, Ala., with a perfect 6-0 record. The win secures the Wildcats a spot in the 2007 Hooters Championship Series that will be played at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. Their opponent in Oklahoma City will be WTS Softball Crew who also posted a perfect 5-0 record in their respective national championship in Salem, Ore.
Fraleyís opened their championship run by blitzing the 747 Starz, 16-3, on Saturday. In their second round match-up, the Wildcats doubled up the Lady Heartbreakers of Union Springs, Ala., 8-4, to advance into the winnerís bracket quarter-finals where they faced the Lady Blazers.
In the quarter-finals both teams struggled to put up runs but in the end it was Fraleyís who managed to secure a 6-5 victory and a spot in the winnerís bracket semi-finals to face the Yard Dawgs of Calhoun, Ga.
The Yard Dawgs, who had averaged double-digit runs in their first two games, were shut down by the Wildcats defense and sent to the loserís bracket with a 3-1 loss while the Wildcats advanced into the winnerís bracket final.
The Springfield Crush of Springfield, Mo., proved to be no match for the Wildcats as Fraleyís cruised into the championship game with an easy 13-0 victory.
Traders of Colliersville, Tenn., who lost their opening double elimination game by one run, managed to battle their way out of the loserís bracket and into the championship game. After losing their opening game, Traders won seven games in the loserís bracket to make it to the finals. In the finals, Traders appeared to run out of gas as the Wildcats pummeled the 2003 Hooters Championship Series winner by a score of 15-1.
A total of eight players from the Wildcatís roster were recognized on the ASA All-America Teams including six first-team All-Americans. Fraleyís Jose Conlan, who was also named as the Most Valuable Player after posting a .706 batting average, headlined the list of All-Americanís that included Amanda Brown, Leigh Ann Bowen, Amanda Wright, LaDonna West and Mindy Hardison. Teammates Gina Davis and Pam Young were selected as second team All-Americans.
WTS Softball Crew Cruises To ASA Womenís Class C West Slow Pitch Title
Oklahoma City---WTS Softball Crew of Lancaster, Calif., went undefeated at the 2007 ASA Womenís Class C West Slow Pitch National Championship in Salem, Ore., to earn a spot in the Hooters Championship Series at the ASA National Champion from the west. WTS had a few close calls on their way to the title but in the end posted a perfect 5-0 record.
WTS came out smoking in their opening game outscoring TLC of Bozeman, Mt., 16-6, to advance into the second round. Softball Soul of Beaverton, Ore., provided the first test of the championship for WTS but the eventual champs passed with flying colors by posting a 9-8 victory to earn a spot in the winnerís bracket semi-finals.
In the winnerís bracket semi-finals, WTS tangled with Lilí Sumthiní Sumthiní of Santa Rosa, Calif., and came away with an 11-5 win to take one step closer to earning the title.
The Lugnuts of Columbia, Mo., who won the Womenís Class C West National Championship in 2003 to advance to the Hooters Championship Series, also had their sights on the title after advancing to the winnerís bracket finals with a perfect 3-0 record.
The winnerís bracket final developed into a defensive battle as both teams struggled to get their offense rolling but WTS managed to get the winning run across in a 4-3 win.
After being sent to the loserís bracket Softball Soul won five consecutive games to earn a rematch with WTS in the finals. In the championship game, WTS Softball Crew seemed to be a team on a mission and it showed at the plate as they posted 12 runs in a 12-5 win over Softball Soul.
Seven players from the WTS Softball Crew roster were named to the ASA All-Tournament first team including Natalie Betancourt, Sabrina Pimentel, Casey OíNeil, Melissa Perez, Ariana Ramirez, Shauna Fisher and Elizabeth Arnold. WTS catcher Eden Hernandez was selected to the All-Tournament second team.
WTS Softball Crew will now face Fraleyís Wildcats of Lexington, Ky., in a best three out of five series at the Hooters Championship Series in Oklahoma City, September 28-29 at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. WTS is only the second team from the state of California to advance to the Hooters Championship Series in the Womenís Class C Slow Pitch division. Chuckyís Pride of San Francisco won the 2004 Womenís Class C West National Championship but lost the Hooters Championship Series 3-2 to the Yard Dawgs of Calhoun, Ga.
Paver Pro Unlimited Holds Off Lady Dyme To Earn The Womenís Class D East Slow Pitch National Championship
Oklahoma City---The 2007 ASA Womenís Class D East Slow Pitch National Championship in Auburndale, Fla., had to use the ďifĒ necessary game to decide its champion but Paver Pro Unlimited of Fort Myers, Fla., managed to hold off Lady Dyme of Tampa, Fla., to earn their spot in the 2007 Hooters Championship Series.
Paver Proís defense was amazing the entire tournament allowing only three runs in their first five games. In their opener versus Eastside Pub of Newport, Vt., Paver Pro came out swinging to earn a 15-1 victory and a spot in the second round.
Edward Jones of Lexington, Ky., could not get its offense on track against Paver Proís stingy defense and were sent to the loserís bracket after a 4-1 loss. The Wild Ones of Burlington, Vt., suffered a similar fate in the third round against the Paver Proís defense falling 3-1.
In the winnerís bracket semi-finals the Paver Pro defense earned its first shutout of the tournament when the B&R Mustangs of Somerset, Ky., could not muster a run in an 8-0 loss. The win earned Paver Pro a spot in the winnerís bracket finals to face Team Crush of Limerick, Pa.
The Paver Pro defense came through once again in the winnerís bracket finals by posting their second consecutive shutout with a 5-0 win over Team Crush. The win put Paver Pro in the driverís seat as the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament.
Lady Dyme, who lost its first game of the tournament, won seven consecutive games in the loserís bracket to advance to the championship game against Paver Pro. In the first championship game, Lady Dyme displayed a stellar defense in a 4-1 win over Paver Pro. The win was the eighth win over the tournament for Lady Dyme and forced the championship to be decided in the ďifĒ necessary game.
In the ďifĒ necessary game, Paver Pro regrouped and got its offense back on track to earn a 10-4 win over Lady Dyme and the title of national champion.
The inspirational play by the Lady Dyme squad earned seven of its playerís recognition on the All-Tournament first team. Those players were Mary Burford, Cindy Atleberry, Cherice Cummings, Glejuanda Davis, Andrea Bowie, Sonya Wynn and Prince Jackson. Three players from Paver Pro were selected as members of the All-Tournament first team including Marisela Gutierrez, Jodi Foye and Mindy Robinson.
Paver Pro Unlimited will face off with the Lady Blue Jays of San Antonio, Texas, September 27-28 in the Hooters Championship Series in Oklahoma City at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.
Lady Blue Jays are champions of the Womenís Class D West National Championship
Oklahoma City---The Lady Blue Jays of San Antonio, Texas were right at home at the 2007 Womenís Class D West National Championship Ė literally. The championship was hosted in San Antonio and the Lady Blue Jays used the support of the local fans to capture the title at the Womenís Class D West National Championship but it didnít come easy.
The Lady Blue Jays defeated Legends of Grimes, Iowa in the opener before sending North Idaho Merchants of Coeur díAlene, Idaho to the loserís bracket with a victory in the second round.
Wins over Elliott Communications of Olathe, Kan., and Austin Powers of Austin, Texas put the Lady Blue Jays in the winnerís bracket finals where they met Pro Moves of Fontana, Calif.
In the winnerís bracket finals Pro Moves continued their winning ways and sent the Lady Blue Jays to the loserís bracket where they would face elimination. With their championship hopes still very much alive, the Lady Blue Jays defeated Team Texas Blast of Lubbock, Texas to earn a rematch with Pro Moves for the title.
With a trip to the Hooters Championship Series on the line, the Lady Blue Jays came out determined and that determination paid off with two consecutive wins that secured the National Championship for the local favorites.
Six members of the Lady Blue Jay squad were named first-team All-Tournament including Anabell Pinedo, Amanda Scheel, Tania Gutierrez, Laura Delgado, Pam Peach and Dee Wegehaupt.
The win gives the Lady Blue Jays the opportunity to compete in the Hooters Championships Series where it will be decided who really is the ďBest of the BestĒ in the Womenís Class D Slow Pitch division. The Lady Blue Jays will face off with Paver Pro of Unlimited of Fort Myers, Fla., the Womenís Class D East National Champion, in a best three out of five series.
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